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Remembering The Football Legend Diego Maradona

BP World Bureau | Nov 26 2020 11:06:07 AM
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Diego Maradona died due to a heart attack at the age of 60 on Wednesday.  

Maradona was regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, who was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. 

He is known for technical movements, ball control, and dribbling skills on the field and was particularly noted for his small stature because footballers are expected to be very tall. 

In 1986, he took the Argentinian team to new heights by winning the World Cup final in Mexico and it was during this tournament, he scored a 51st-minute goal against England in the quarter-finals which later came to be known as the ‘Hand of God’ goal.

Maradona scored the second goal in the match which ended England’s 1986 World Cup campaign, beating six English defenders, after which his goal was later named the “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.

Maradona was given the nickname 'El Pibe de Oro' (The Golden Kid).

He earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals in his international career. 

After retiring as a player, Maradona became the coach of Argentina's national football team in November 2008 and was in charge of the team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He saw several setbacks in his life as well, including a downward spiral of addiction and other myriad health issues for over 30 years.

In 2004, he was told that his heart was functioning with 40% efficiency and recently, he underwent successful surgery for a subdural haematoma.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of an Argentine football legend and gave a shout out to memorable moments on the field.